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Saturday, December 1, 2007

You know what sucks?

Spy bots suck.

Here's the thing. They are twice sucky, as the Bard might have written. They suck in concept, and also in implementation.

If you have gmail, you may have noticed there are ads all around your e-mail, and it changes as you go from message to message. I don't use my gmail account that much, but when I make comments here or on other blogs, I get updates sent to my gmail so I don't have to traipse all over the Internets to keep up on what folks are saying.

Let's assume that a post here or on a blog I visit posits the premise that George W. Bush is a crap president. Let's assume I make a comment on said blog and others post their opinions, which often are of the form "Yes. I agree. George W. Bush is a crap president." When I go to gmail, the ads are evenly split between "Buy the book Why Mommy Is A Democrat" and "Get Ann Coulter's column sent to your email free!"

I don't know if it bothers me more that Google is reading my email or that they are doing such a bad job of it.

Moreover, if I post a comment over at Princess Sparkle Pony, a brilliant blog that chronicles the work of Condi Rice with a strong subtext that she is a crap Secretary of State, gmail almost always gives me ads for pony related toys.

Clearly, if things in this country get worse, and they could, we need to start blogs with names like Fun With Defibrillators or Pretzels for Everybody! or It's Okay, I Wasn't Using Those Rights Anyway. We just have to pretend to be underage MySpace users, and we are under the radar.

OMG! It could totally work!


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Now playing: Was (Not Was) - Spy In The House Of Love
via FoxyTunes

5 comments:

Jess Wundrun said...

matty, I found a new LOLZ for you at my place.

sfmike said...

Why do you think I write about classical music? It just confuses them.

FranIAm said...

I have had some of the most bizarre things come up- including ads in Hebrew when I communicate with my Israeli blogger friend and in Arabic when I have written a blogpost about my travel to Jordan.

So I am sure the State Dept has all my pertinent info.

My lame foray into Google ad(non)sense is much the same.

Matty Boy said...

The more I look at it, they may just be reading the title of the e-mail. When Princess Sparkle Pony put up a post about how her blog was highlighted in Belgium, there were ads for trips to Brussels.

Still, I'm a little creeped out.

dguzman said...

I never use my Gmail address, so who knows wtf they're sending me. I'm content to deal with all my porn and penis enlargement emails at my work email.